Middle East | The Daily Star
  • Diplomatic push yields fruit in Yemen crisis

    Diplomatic efforts appeared to have eased fighting in Yemen's Hodeida yesterday, as Britain said the Saudi-led coalition had agreed to

  • What sparked the latest violence?

    The latest round of violence began on Sunday, when Israeli special forces were exposed operating inside the Gaza Strip. In an ensuing

  • War fear looms large on Gaza

    The worst escalation between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza since a 2014 war threatened to descend into full-blown conflict

  • Two dead as migrant boat sinks off Turkey

    Two migrants including a child died after their boat sank off Turkey's western coast yesterday, the Turkish coastguard said, adding that a

  • Int'l alarm grows as 150 killed in 24-hrs

    At least 150 people have been killed in 24 hours of clashes in Yemen's Hodeida, medics and military sources said yesterday, as

  • IS blast, Taliban attacks rattle Afghanistan

    Afghan security forces suffered scores of casualties in heavy fighting, officials said yesterday, as Taliban militants step up battlefield

  • Eight killed in covert Israeli action in Gaza

    A clash that erupted during an Israeli special forces operation in the Gaza Strip and killed eight people threatened to derail efforts to restore calm to the Palestinian enclave after months of unrest.

  • 'I'm suffocating'

    The head of investigations at the Turkish Daily Sabah newspaper has told Al Jazeera that Jamal Khashoggi's last words were "I'm suffocating ... Take this bag off my head, I'm claustrophobic", according to an audio recording from inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul.

  • Trump discussed Khashoggi response with Turkey's Erdogan

    US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Tayyip Erdogan discuss how to respond to the killing last month of Saudi dissident Jamal Khashoggi, a White House official says.

  • Saudi Arabia, US end Yemen refueling deal

    Yemeni government forces pushed further into the strategic port city of Hodeida seizing its main hospital in heavy fighting yesterday as their Saudi-led coalition backers put a brave face on an end to US refuelling support.

  • 11 killed in Jordan floods

    Flash floods killed 11 people in Jordan and forced nearly 4,000 tourists to flee the famed ancient desert city of Petra, emergency services said yesterday.

  • Syria regime attack kills 23 rebels

    Syrian government forces killed 23 rebels near Idlib province yesterday, the deadliest clash to rock a buffer zone where a Russian-Turkish truce is to be enforced.

  • Jamal Khashoggi

    Khashoggi murder complicates 'Arab NATO' plan

    President Donald Trump's strategy to contain Iranian power in the Middle East by forging Arab allies into a US-backed security alliance is in trouble even before the murder of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Now, three US sources said, the plan faces fresh complications.

  • Palestinian killed by Israeli fire in Gaza

    A Palestinian was killed by Israeli fire during clashes along the border of the Gaza Strip yesterday. Israel's military said soldiers opened

  • 58 killed in fighting for key port

    Dozens of combatants were killed as pro-government forces closed in on rebel forces in the heart of the Yemeni port city of Hodeida yesterday, hospital sources said.

  • King embarks on rare Saudi tour

    Saudi King Salman embarked on an unprecedented domestic tour on Tuesday as the country grapples with an international crisis over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

  • IS left behind 200 mass graves in Iraq: UN

    More than 200 mass graves containing up to 12,000 victims have been found so far in Iraq that could hold vital evidence of war crimes by the IS, the UN said yesterday. The UNAMI said they documented the mass graves in parts of western and northern Iraq held by IS between 2014 and 2017.

  • US reinstates Iran sanctions

    A defiant Iran said it will "proudly bypass" sanctions by the United States that took effect yesterday targeting the Islamic republic's vital oil and financial sectors.

  • Yemen clashes rage

    Battles raged near a Yemeni port crucial for humanitarian aid yesterday, but Saudi Arabia and its allies said they were committed to de-escalating hostilities with rebels as calls for a ceasefire mount.

  • Saudis sent "clean-up" team to Turkey after Khashoggi killing

    Saudi Arabia sends a two-man "clean-up team" to erase evidence of journalist Jamal Khashoggi's killing a week after he disappears at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, a Turkish official says, calling it a sign top Saudi officials knew of the crime.

  • Sons of Khashoggi appeal for return of his body

    The sons of slain Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi issues an appeal for the return of their father's body and said they want to return to Saudi Arabia to bury him.

  • 'I won't survive'

    Seventy-year-old Heidar Fekri has been selling industrial equipment from his small store in a Tehran bazaar since before the revolution, but for the first time he is not sure he can survive.

  • Yemen 'living hell' for children: UN

    Conflict-ravaged Yemen has become a "living hell" for children with thousands dying every year from malnutrition and easily preventable

  • Egypt kills 19 jihadist linked to Copt attack

    Nineteen suspected jihadists linked to a deadly attack on Coptic Christians in central Egypt have been killed in a shootout with police,

  • A rare good news from Gaza

    The lights are going back on in the Gaza Strip, in a rare piece of positive news from the blockaded Palestinian enclave.

  • Opposition chief gets life in jail in Bahrain

    Bahrain sentenced the head of the country's Shia opposition movement to life in prison yesterday for spying for rival Gulf state Qatar in a

  • 'Insider attack' kills US soldier in Kabul

    One US soldier was killed and another wounded in an "apparent insider attack" in Kabul yesterday, Nato said. The attacker was killed by

  • Ghani seeks re-election

    Afghan President Ashraf Ghani will seek re-election in 2019, his office said yesterday, as potential rivals begin jockeying for the country's

  • UN chief calls for halt to violence

    UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Friday called for a halt to violence in Yemen to pull the country back from a "precipice" and

  • Turkey, US lift sanctions on officials

    Turkey has lifted sanctions on two top United States officials, in a move that came minutes after Washington removed two Turkish